University research teams and qualified graduates to be celebrated at Knowledge Transfer Partnership Awards – FE News


Partnerships aimed at tackling climate change and social issues, or improving the UK economy with cutting-edge R&D and innovation, will once again be celebrated at the KTP Best of the Best Awards, to be held online on 23rd September 2021.

Among the finalists is St David’s Children’s Society with Cardiff University Business School who have together created a best practice model for recruiting, preparing and supporting adoptive parents. This has already led to the adoption of 23 children.

SureScreen Diagnostics and its potentially life-saving diagnostic device are also in the running. Developed in partnership with the University of Nottingham, it can quickly and cost-effectively detect real-time blood alcohol levels in patients who are too drunk to take a breathalyzer-style test.

The ceremony, themed the spirit of collaboration, will showcase the most innovative, impactful and inspiring projects of the past 12 months.

Indro Mukerjee, new CEO of Innovate UK, and Dame Ottoline Leyser, who was appointed CEO of UKRI last year, spoke at the event.

Ottolin said:

“Innovation is about linking the opportunities to add value to the means of achieving them. This involves connecting creative and innovative businesses across the UK to our exceptional research base. Bringing together the right people, ideas, and infrastructure is the key to success, and that’s exactly what KTPs do. These awards are a wonderful celebration of what happens when the right relationships are forged. I congratulate all of the finalists and look forward to toasting their success.

Dr Alicia Greated, CEO of KTN, the organization that manages KTP for Innovate UK, said:

“The pandemic has thrust science and innovation into the spotlight for the past year and a half, and now every vaccination delivered is a reminder that humanity can overcome enormous challenges when we work together.

“Knowledge transfer partnerships are primarily aimed at work together meet challenges through innovation. For 46 years, these important symbiotic collaborations between universities, graduates and companies have created countless solutions that help improve our lives and our society, while strengthening our world-class research base and driving growth. economic.

“At KTN, we are committed to shaping the innovation communities of the future, which makes these awards so inspiring. Not only do our KTP winners actively bring research into business environments, but they also bring new ways of thinking, a diverse experience and varied skills to make a meaningful difference in building a sustainable economy and society.

The price categories are:

  • Best Knowledge Transfer Partnership


Dr Blessing Mbipom / University of Reading / GP-Update Red Whale

Declan Bryans/University of Strathclyde/Mersen UK Holytown

Dr. Yasin Kurmoo / University of Nottingham / SureScreen Diagnostics

  • Engineering Excellence Award


David Rowan / University College London (UCL) / Biocatalysts Limited

Fraser Stewart/University of Strathclyde/JFD

Mhairi Rogan / University of the West of Scotland / Novosound


Dr Carolin Struller / Manchester Metropolitan University / Bobst Manchester Ltd

Emanuele Scarabino / Queen’s University Belfast / IG Masonry Support Systems

Samashwin Paul / Kingston University / Family Law Partners

  • Societal Impact Award – supported by KTN


Adam Nevin / Loughborough University / Trelleborg

Dr Blessing Mbipom / University of Reading / GP-Update Red Whale

Coralie Merchant / Cardiff University / St David’s Children’s Society

  • Future Leader – backed by Ashorne Hill


Adrián Rodríguez-Bazaga / University of Cambridge / STORM Therapeutics

Avinash Majji / Cardiff Business School / WJEC CBAC Limited

Barbara Pedo / University of Huddersfield / Arcadis Consulting (UK) Limited

Ben Roullier / University of Derby / Block Graphics Limited

Carla Resendiz Villasenor / University of Teesside / Norscot Joinery Ltd

David Beattie / The James Hutton Institute / Davidsons Animal Feeds

Dimitar Marinov / University of Manchester / Madgex Limited

Dr. Huidong Wei / Aston University / Rayner Limited Intraocular Lenses

Dr Rachel Brown / University of Stirling / Pulcea Ltd

Konstantinos Tsitsilonis, Stathcylde University, Datum Electronics Limited

Gerasimos Theotokatos / Strathclyde University / Datum Electronics Limited

James Madge / University of Essex / Preqin Limited

Jonny Reader / University of Nottingham / Hydrogarden Limited

Justin McHenry/Queen’s University Belfast/VuCity

Louis Williams / University of Reading / Distribution Technology Limited

Meghna De / University of Nottingham / IXYS UK Westcode Limited

Mohamad Saada / Loughborough University / Millitec Food Systems Limited

Nadim Domun / The University of Manchester / Inov8 Limited

Natasha Lewis / University of Glasgow / Cellular Guidance Systems

Olivia Greenhaigh / Manchester Metropolitan University / Swellaway Limited

Verity Moorhouse / Cardiff Metropolitan University / So Modular

A final category, inspired by the late Dr David Woollard, a highly accomplished scholar from Manchester Metropolitan University, will highlight inspirational stories of knowledge base support for an associate or partnership.


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